Thursday, December 23, 2021

Medical Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released earlier this year put the number of medical assistants (MA) at work in the United States at over 710,000 as of May 2020. Per BLS data, approximately 182,000 medical assistant jobs were in the twelve-state Southeastern region of the country. In general, the Southeastern U.S. was the worst in the nation for medical assistant pay, with six states in the region ranked among the ten states in the country with the lowest annual mean wage level for medical assistants. Moreover, as of May 2020, no state in the region recorded a medical assistant annual mean wage level that was above the national average.  A closer examination of BLS data reveals the following details about medical assistant pay in the Southeastern U.S. as of May 2020:

Medical Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S
Medical Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 9,380 $29,950 50th
AR 3,580 $31,530 47th
FL 56,010 $34,800 31st
GA 25,820 $34,250 37th
KY 10,110 $33,450 41st
LA 8,060 $31,110 48th
MS 3,670 $30,550 49th
NC 20,240 $34,540 35th
SC 11,840 $33,010 42nd
TN 15,900 $33,990 38th
VA 14,330 $36,730 24th
WV 3,280 $29,820 51st
U.S. 710,200 $36,930 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 15, 2021

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